As landmarks across the UK are set to light up green on the longest night of the year in support of the NSPCC, the charity is calling on the public to rally friends and family to take part in a Walk for Children.

Buildings and landmarks will be going green on the night of December 22 in support of the children’s charity.

But in Winchester, something slightly different will take place. Due to being in a dark sky reserve, Winchester Science Centre is unable to light up like others taking part. 

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Instead, its team will be lighting up inside the centre, with a showcase of green fire experiments. The demos, which will be taking place for free in the science live area of the centre, will involve using copper chloride and a flame-thrower to create vibrant green flames. 

Ben Ward, chief executive of Wonderseekers, the charity behind Winchester Science Centre, said: “Being in a dark sky reserve, we are unable to create any external light pollution, but we really wanted to support such a worthwhile cause. We challenged our Inspirers to find a way to use science to light up the Centre green and, as usual, they did not disappoint. 

“Our charity, Wonderseekers, is on a mission to empower all children through science so we’re thrilled to be able to support the NSPCC with raising awareness of their Christmas appeal.” 

Gemma Graves, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Hampshire, said: “We’re so grateful to all of the organisations lighting up their buildings green for the NSPCC, and especially Winchester Science Centre, for finding such an inventive way to join in the support. It’s bound to be an exciting day of fun and learning.

“Our childline service is expecting a child to contact them every 45 seconds this Christmas, and while it’s free for them to contact the service over the phone or internet, every counselling session costs the charity around £4. 

“For children facing abuse, the winter nights are dark, long and lonely, and we want all children to know that Childline is here for them, even on the darkest nights. We rely on public donations for around 90 per cent of our funding, and by joining us on December 22 you can help Childline answer more life-changing calls.

“Whether you’re enjoying mulled wine and mince pies on the way around, wearing reindeer antlers, Santa hats or light-up accessories, or just pulling on your warmest coats and hats and enjoying the view, you’ll be helping Childline be a lifeline for children this Christmas.”

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